Hike to Everest Base Camp

On the way to Everest Camp

Everest Base Camp, the world-renowned trekking trail, is on the bucket list of every adventure lovers. Among the world’s top ten trekking destination, Everest Base Camp falls on the fourth position. Now, just imagine how magnificent the trek is.

Also, trekking at an altitude above 5000m certainly gives the goosebumps to every passionate traveler. The phenomenal Base Camp is situated at an elevation of 5380m. 

This classic trek traverses through the Khumbu Valley and also explores the beauty of Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Also concurrently offers the outstanding views of Mt. Everest (8,848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Thamserku (6,623m), Mt Nuptse (7,816m).

Along with the majestic views of the world’s highest mountain, this iconic trek also explores the local culture and traditions of the indigenous Sherpas. Everest Base Camp Trek astounds you every day with new and interesting experiences.

Likewise, the world-famous trek has a number of stunning attractions: Kala Patthar, Monasteries, Tibetan Style Villages, Sir Edmund Hillary memorials, Khumbu Valley and many more.

The Everest Base Camp Trek begins from Lukla to Phakding and goes all the way to Namche Bazaar. Situated at an elevation of 3,436m, Namche Bazaar is also called the Gateway of the Everest Base Camp Trek.

The trek further moves towards the Sagarmatha National Park, natural surroundings for various assortments of greeneries and faunas.  Now the trek leads to Kala Patthar providing the splendid 360-degree panoramic view on the world’s tallest mountains.

Hike to Everest Base Camp  Highlights:

  • Relish sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Traverse ancient traditional Nepali bazaars in Kathmandu, Lukla, and Namche Bazaar
  • Board scenic Kathmandu- Lukla- Kathmandu  flights
  • Walk through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Befall Tengboche Monastery situated at a height of 3860m
  • Explore Sir Edmund Hillary memorials.
  • Conquer Everest Base Camp and witness close view of Mt. Everest
  • Witness a splendid 360-degree panoramic view of the world’s tallest mountains that includes Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m), Mt. Thamserku (6623m), Mt. Nuptse (7816m) etc from Kala Patthar

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the International terminal, our representative will greet you and take you to the allotted hotel. After check-in, you may either have rest at the hotel to overcome your jet lag or stroll around the city. Later in the evening enjoy the authentic welcome dinner hosted by us.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today you will carry out the sightseeing tour around the “the city of Temples”, Kathmandu. This wonderful sightseeing tour visits various historical and cultural places including Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. All these places are listed in UNESCO as world heritage sites. After the completion of the sightseeing program, you will receive a brief description of the upcoming trekking plans. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (40 min) to Phakding (2652m) 3-4 hours

After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for an early morning flight to Lukla. Enjoy the 35 minutes scenic flight with amazing natural views. After you land on Lukla, you will follow the trail that is gradual uphill trekking through the right t bank of Dudh Koshi River. And then you will pass along many Mani walls before you arrive at Ghat. From Ghat, there are both ascends and descends until reaching Phakding.

Day 04: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 5-6 hours

From Phakding, the route will get a head start and cross the suspension bridges on the Dudh Koshi River and goes towards Namche Bazaar. On the way, you will pass through the Sagarmatha National Park that houses the varieties of floras and faunas. The trail will now descend towards Jorsalle village crossing the Bhote-Koshi River. After walking for 5-6 hours you will finally reach Namche Bazaar before sunset. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to Mt. Everest in Khumbu Region.

Day 05: Acclimatization at Namche Bazaar and hike to Everest view hotel (3900m) 3-4 hours

You will take a rest day in Namche Bazaar. In fact, it is a day to adapt your body to the high altitude. You will utilize this day to get used to the altitude and the environment of higher altitude places. After lunch, you will carry out a short hike towards the Everest view hotel to witness the panoramic view of the Everest Region. 

Day 06: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3860m) 5-6 hours

Today you will continue your hike towards the Tengboche passing through various forests. Today’s trail propounds majestic views of mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kwangde peak.Enjoying the beautiful and adventurous trail and trekking for about 5-6 hours you will finally reach Tengboche. Later, you will visit Tengboche Monastery, renowned as one of the most famous monasteries in the region, situated at a beautiful location that provides the spectacular sceneries.

Day 07: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4410m) 5-6 hours

Today you will move through the lush alpine forest to reach Dingboche.  It is also known as the Summer Valley. You will come across several small villages on the way. The trail will first descend through rhododendron forests and will reach the village of Pangboche. Now the trail passes through Khumbila  Khola Valley and ascends towards the ridgeline, where you will witness the striking surrounding landscape. The route towards Dingboche offers you a breathtaking view of Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Cholaste and many others.

Day 08: Acclimatization at Dingboche and hike to Chhukung valley (4410m) 4-5 hours

Today you will acclimatize at Dingboche. After breakfast, you will carry out a short hike to Chhukung Valley and likewise will enjoy the majestic views of the mountains like Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Cholatse, and Taboche. The north-west side of Chhukung Valley offers Lobuche West, Lobuche East, and Lhotse while another ridge offers Imja Khola Valley and the beautiful Dingboche village. Later you will hike back to Dingboche.

Day 09: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) 6-7 hours

Today you will head towards Lobuche crossing the steep terminal Moraine left by Khumbu Glacier. The trail will first ascend till Khumbu Khola Valley and then will ascend towards Duglha Village. It might be difficult climbing uphill but the scene at the backdrop keeps you motivated. You will enjoy the hike for about 6-7 hours and will finally arrive at Lobuche before sunset.

Day 10: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep & hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m) 5-6 hours

From Lobuche, the trek will get exciting as the trails get closer to Everest Base Camp. The trail will encompass some steep ascend towards the Base Camp. As you will ascend the trail, you will get rewarded with the natural splendor of Khumbu Glacier and icefall from the Base Camp Site. The trail will pass through the over rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching Everest Base Camp. After a short stay at the splendid high altitude point of Everest expeditions, you will hike back via the same route until reaching Gorak Shep.

Day 11: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Pathar (5550m) to Pheriche (4371m) 5-6 hours

Today you will continue your hike towards the Kala Pathar which provides the most accessible view of Mount Everest. It is the highest point of your trek. As Mt. Lhotse sits right in front of Everest, it’s difficult to view Mt. Everest from its Base Camp. Kala Patthar provides splendid 360-degree views of Everest, Nuptse, and Changtse. Kala Patthar houses the world’s highest webcam, Mount Everest webcam.  After spending some quality time in Kala Patthar, you will then descend to Gorakshp and after breakfast hike down to Pheriche via Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3440m) 6-7 hours

After breakfast, you will descend down towards Namche Bazaar from Pheriche. Today’s trail passes through lush green forest and then reaches Namche Bazaar. You will reach Namche Bazaar, after the continuous walk for about 6-7 hours.

Day 13: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2826m) 6-7 hours

Today’s trail all about descends, but it is one of the most challenging treks. Even though the trail is just about downhill but the slopes tend to have an effect on the knees, so it is recommended to use trekking poles. You will continue to descend through the densely forested area. Continuing the challenging trek for about 6-7 hours you will finally reach Lukla which is the ending point for your trek.

Day 14: Fly from Lukla to Kathmandu (flight) 35 min

After your breakfast, you will board a scenic flight of 35 minutes towards Kathmandu. The fight offers the spectacular sceneries along with the bird’s eye view of Kathmandu city. Upon your landing, our representative will escort you back to your hotel. 

Day 15: Departure

After exchanging the final goodbyes, you will be escorted to the International terminal by our representative approximately three hours before as per your flight schedule.

Best Time for Hike to Everest Base Camp

Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the ideal seasons for the Everest Base Camp Trek. The climate is radiant and warm and offers an exceptional view however the evenings are cold and can tumble to freezing in higher elevations.

Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is likewise useful for Everest Base Camp Trek. The most dazzling photos of the mountains are caught in this season. However, the temperature in some places along the trek goes below -20 degrees in winter, making it difficult to trek.

Trekking in summer/rainstorm (June, July) will be affected by downpour, yet summer trek could be assistance for a sharp botanist. The trek in the summer season is not as popular as the spring season. The trail seems less populated and you could admire the best of nature during the summer season.

Elevation  Gained

The elevation of Everest Base Camp Trek is 5,320m. However, the highest point of the trek is Kala Patthar (5550m). During the trek you will pass through various mountain passes including:

Lukla                         2800 m

Namche Bazaar        3436 m

Khumjung                  3790 m

Tengboche                3860 m

Gorak Shep               5164 m

Everest Base Camp  5364 m

Kala Patthar              5545 m

Difficulty of this Hike

The trek falls under a moderate to strenuous level. So basically the trek is appropriate for passionate or energetic hikers. 

The trek demands a daily walk of 5-7 hours with a light backpack. However, walking in higher elevation is physically challenging than walking in the lower elevation. 

But if you are passionate about trekking and have excellent health with average fitness, you can successfully accomplish this 15 days Everest Base Camp Trek.

Travel Insurance for a Hike to Everest Base Camp

Travel Insurance is highly recommended and in fact, you can take it as a compulsion. Whether it is about trekking, rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping or any other adventurous activities, having insurance makes you feel secure.

So, we suggest that your insurance should cover a minimum of your personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage. 

We firmly suggest that the strategy additionally covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

So it would be ideal if you check with your insurance agency that covered activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy.

Altitude Sickness

High Altitude Sickness is one of the major challenges that every trekker face while trekking to Everest Base Camp. 

The higher the altitude, the lower the air pressure gets, and air keeps on getting thinner. And all this means there will be less oxygen with every breath you take.

High Altitude Sickness is very different and normally and also involves a severe headache, sickness, and loss of awareness. 

But you don’t have to worry, in any case, our expert and trained guide will advise you about high altitude sickness. Also, our itinerary is prepared in such a way that it has sufficient days for you to acclimatize during the trek.

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